It’s been 20 years since the formation of the National At Home Dad Network’s annual convention. To celebrate this milestone we will be counting down to our convention in Raleigh by featuring past and present attendees, who will share why this gathering of modern fathers is so important.

It’s not every year that we turn twenty. As the 20th Annual National At Home Dad Network’s Convention rolls around we want to celebrate our special event.

Many dads have transitioned through their role as the primary caregiver for their children and many of them have found and attended our convention to find support and meaning to help them in their journey. For the next twenty weeks we will be highlighting 20 dads who have attended the convention. Join us as they share exactly why this gathering is so beneficial to them, their kids, and their family.

Week 20 – Alex Harwood, Wellington, CO

Alex, Melissa, and Graham

Alex, Melissa, and Graham

1.       Who is in your house? Tell us about your spouse, kids etc.

My wife, Melissa, and I have been together since 2007, married for 3 of those years. She loves being outdoors and loves photography, which is a passion we both share. She works all day assisting families to get the help they need to support themselves. Becoming parents is still a new thing for us and we’re learning everyday how we can to be there for when our son needs us. We live in beautiful Northern Colorado with our son Graham, who will be two years old in June. He is very much a little outdoorsman that loves going on hikes, walks, and adventuring out to find the newest playground! His interests are Thomas the Train and any machine that moves and picks up dirt. We also have a dog, Freddie, that will be nine years old this year and definitely loves his peace and quiet naps with our son Graham.

2.       How long were you, or have been a stay at home dad?

I have been a stay at home dad for a little over a year now!

3.       What city/ cities and year(s) did you attend the convention?

I had the pleasure of attending the 19th Annual At-Home Dad Convention in Denver, Colorado. Apparently, it was the biggest turnout they have had yet!

4.       What is your best memory from a convention that you attended?

While attending the 19th annual convention in Denver I met another dad at our Meet & Greet. We shared a couple of deeply personal stories between each other and after our conversation I knew I belonged here. I was glad my wife forced me to go to this convention. I actually called her right after and thanked her.

25.       Why should someone attend the convention?

Walking around the convention between sessions I would watch and hear all the dads talking with each other. I realized that I was not alone in the choices I’ve made in trying to become a better father for my son. I was one of the youngest guys there (29) but didn’t feel out of place at all. So, what this convention did for me was to give me a group of dads I can now go to with parenting questions or support without hesitation.

Follow #RoadToRaleigh and #AHDCon on Twitter and Instagram and read about our featured dads every Friday until the convention as we count down to the 20th Annual NAHDN Convention